Read Madame Bovary writer’s own letters

Discover an online log of Flaubert's correspondences

More than 4,000 personal letters by Madame Bovary author Gustave Flaubert have been put online at

Flaubert was known for the obsessive care he took over crafting his books, but his letters – including ones to Victor Hugo and Guy de Maupassant – are said to reveal his personality au naturel.

The University of Rouen project has involved 30 researchers over five years.